Know Your Illinois Lemon Law Rights

by Admin April 17, 2011 20:15

You buy yourself a brand new dream car in Illinois. This new dream machine of yours would, instead of hitting the road, spend its time and your money in an auto repair shop. If this scenario rings bells in your own case, time you took advantage of the Illinois lemon law.

A lemon is a defective car that is found to have numerous or severe defects not readily apparent before its purchase. Any vehicle with these issues can be termed a 'lemon,' and for that matter, any product which has major flaws that render it unfit for its purpose can be described as a 'lemon'.

Here are a few questions most frequently asked by car consumers in Illinois and answers he must take cognizance about. It is possible that you would find answers to some of the questions that keep bugging you about the lemon status of your new vehicle.

How would I know if my new vehicle is a lemon?
According to the Illinois lemon law, a new vehicle is a lemon if:

  • It has a nonconformity that substantially impairs its use, market value or safety
  • The same nonconformity is not repairable by the dealer or manufacturer in at least four repair attempts 
  • The vehicle is out of service for a total of 30 or more business days

Which are the vehicles covered by the Illinois lemon law?
The Illinois lemon law covers:

  • New cars purchased or leased
  • Light trucks and vans under 8,000 pounds
  • Recreational vehicles, excluding their trailers
  • Vehicles in their first 12 months or 12,000 miles, whichever occurs first
  • Vehicles purchased in Illinois

Which are the vehicles NOT covered by the Illinois lemon law?
The Illinois lemon law DOES NOT cover:

  • Used cars
  • Altered or modified vehicles
  • Motorcycles and boats

How does the Illinois lemon law work?

To get the Illinois lemon law work:

  • The consumer must contact a designated manufacturer representative for the lemon vehicle

How does a designated manufacturer representative help me with my lemon vehicle, under the Illinois lemon law?
Under the Illinois lemon law:

  • This designated representative will ONLY forward the required information and forms to you
  • The Illinois lemon law claims cannot be initiated directly through the dealer

Is there a time frame for filing my claim under the Illinois lemon law?
Under the Illinois lemon law:

Can I proceed under the Illinois lemon law through my car dealer?
Under the Illinois lemon law:

  • Your Illinois lemon law claims cannot be initiated directly through your car dealer

Many a consumer has lost his Illinois lemon law protection because he waited longer than 12 months from the purchase date of your lemon vehicle

How do I go about filing my claim under the Illinois lemon law?
Under the Illinois lemon law:

  • Never ever believe that you can proceed under the Illinois lemon law through your dealer
  • It is extremely important that you file your Illinois lemon law claim with your designated representative before your right to do so expires
  • The time period in which an Illinois lemon law complaint has to be filed is 12 months from the date of purchase of the lemon vehicle

What compensations can I expect for my lemon vehicle under the Illinois lemon law?
Under the Illinois lemon law you can expect one of the following compensations:

  • A replacement vehicle of similar value
  • The manufacturer buys back your vehicle from you, less the value for miles driven

Do I have any other recourse if I fail to get protection under the Illinois lemon law?
If you fail to get protection under the Illinois lemon law there are:

  • Other Federal and Illinois laws that deal with contracts and warranties for new products or cars
  • Before deciding on a particular course of action, you are required to consult a lemon law attorney
  • The lemon law attorney can discuss various alternatives and determine the best course of action for getting your consumer protection against your lemon vehicle

To get the best out of the Illinois lemon law, you should act promptly to try to resolve the problem fairly and quickly to your advantage.

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How to Get the Most for Your Money on Your Auto Insurance

by Admin April 05, 2011 20:52

Buying an auto insurance that's right for you can be very frustrating, if you are a first-time buyer. You can get the most out of your money on your auto insurance if you keep your eyes open to a few basics of auto insurance shopping.

Please look at the following positive driving habits that would fetch you a relatively good saving:

If you are a safe driver you are sure to save more on insurance. Drivers with good driving records can save as much as 60 percent over drivers who are prone to getting in trouble on roads with accidents.

Maintain a good financial credit score. Majority of the insurance companies tend to give you a rate that is based on your financial credit. If you maintain your financial credit well it gets you a much lower premium. Always choose a higher deductible to pay before your insurance policy gets activated as it will give you a policy you need to pay relatively less for.

Choose a policy wisely to eliminate unnecessary coverage. If yours is a new car you would afford to get a little more generous for its protection. But then if you want insurance for an older model with a little cash value, it makes sense to curtail your expenses on it. You can eliminate the 'collision or 'comprehensive' coverage, which are mainly intended for high value cars that are prone to theft, or require radical protection from damages.

Buy from an insurance company you know and have already dealt with before. Insure your car and home with the same insurance company. You could save money if you have more than one type of insurance policy with the same insurance company, say your auto policy and a homeowners' policy. The more business you give the insurance company, the more valued you are, as a customer.

Combine your auto policy with others in the same household for a multi-car discount. You can add extra policies to get extra auto insurance policies for you and your roommate.

Policies that allow you to get a multi-car discount and significant savings:

  • Student discounts such as a good student credit for maintaining a B average
  • A driver in your household is living away at school and not driving as much
  • Spin off policies from a parent's policy for a young driver who wants his own policy

Refresh your driving skills a state-approved defensive driving course. If you complete a state-approved defensive driving course you could qualify for savings. Drivers under the age of 21 with a driver training course can also qualify for savings. Your education can also bring in a nice discount on your auto policy. The more educated you are the cheaper the rate of the insurance policy becomes.

Research thoroughly before you buy a car. A safer car costs less to repair and less to insure. Research thoroughly for crash-test reports, repair records and manufacturer recalls of any car you are considering. Research thoroughly on-line or even a consumer protection magazine can even be equally useful.

Never pause your auto insurance but continue it even if your present car is confined to the garage in a dilapidated stage. Try to maintain its auto insurance even if you do not own a car. If you discontinue it, you might have to pay a sizable surcharge when you go to buy another policy sooner or later.

Have an independent agent as your personal insurance expert. An independent agent generally has very good relationships with many an insurance company. He would be highly obliged to shop for you for an insurance policy. The same guy would also be handy as your personal insurance expert you can always fall back on. An insurance agent may not cost you anything extra, but the support you get from him will be worth more than what you pay for.

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How do You React to the Warning Lights in Your Car

by Admin March 25, 2011 23:03

Once in a while, when you are behind the wheel in your car, you may see a red light come on and illuminate words like "Check Engine" or "Oil Pressure”.  How do you react to these warning signs? Do you choose to pull to the side of the road and follow the check signals accordingly? Or, will you continue to drive on, without batting an eye lid?

Warning lights are there in a car for a safety purpose. These warning lights keep you informed if something goes wrong with your car. In some cases, ignoring a warning light can quickly result in catastrophic damage to your car's engine and worse to its occupants. It is very important that you know what each warning means and what you should do if it is lit, while driving.

Here are three very important warning lights you may encounter on your car, sooner or later, if they have not done before:

Charging System Light
The charging system light usually appears as a battery symbol, ALT or GEN. It glows when the power by the alternator stops the supply to vehicle's electrical system. A failure of charging system may not result in serious mechanical damage. This warning light gives you an ample chance to react. You can start with cutting down all unnecessary electrical loads, like the radio, heater, air conditioning, etc. Then drive the vehicle to a repair facility for further inspection. You will have a minimum of fifteen minutes of daylight driving time, the non-headlight use before the battery voltage drops for the ignition system and the engine to quit.

Engine Temperature Light

The engine temperature warning light appears as a thermometer or as TEMP. It comes on when the engine temperature exceeds the safe maximum level temperature. High engine temperatures can cause major engine damage and failure. This warning gives you time to deal with the situation unlike the oil pressure warning. Check if there are any signs of a cooling system leak, like the steam or liquid coolant coming from under the hood. Check if there is trailing off behind your vehicle. Pull your vehicle off the road at the earliest and safest opportunity. Switch the engine off and call for assistance. Do not get in contact with boiling coolant to prevent getting scorched. Take extra caution while opening the hood in the presence of steam. Never attempt to remove the radiator cap when the engine is still hot.

If there is a visible absence of these signs, it is possible that the overheating is the result of a temporary overload of the cooling system. A temporary overload of the cooling system can sometimes occur in hot weather when the vehicle is heavily loaded or is carrying a trailer with it. In order to lower the engine temperature, first decrease the speed of vehicle. You can turn off the air conditioning. You should also roll the windows down. Since the heater is actually a second radiator that can provide additional cooling for the engine, set the heater to the full hot position and operate the heater fan on its highest setting. Move to the nearest service station for a technician can help you correct the situation.

Oil Pressure Light
The oil pressure light generally appears as a symbol of an oil can or is just shown as "OIL". This oil pressure light illuminates when there is a major drop in engine oil pressure. This is a serious warning. Oil lubricates the vital components of your car's engine. In the absence of a proper lubrication, your car's engine can quickly grind itself to a junk. If you notice the oil pressure light flashing, pull your car off the road immediately. Switch off the engine and call for help. Do not attempt to drive the vehicle any farther than is needed. If you attempt to drive the vehicle any farther than is needed, it will only increase the possibilities of the engine damage. Besides, attempting to drive the vehicle any farther than is needed in such situation will further aggravate the problem. Where you could have done with a minor repair, you will have it blown into a full fledged problem that might need a complete engine replacement.

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Japan Quake may Impact Automakers Beyond Japan

by Admin March 21, 2011 22:58

The economic repercussions of Japan’s devastating earthquake and tsunami are creating shock waves in the global auto industry. The dual disaster have shuttered many Japanese factories alright, they are also causing worries about the impact on the production shutdowns in North America. While Japan is grappling with the situation created as the after math of the earthquake, auto makers are scrambling to assess the full impact of the twin natural disasters and Japan’s ongoing nuclear crisis.

There are already signs that Japanese auto plant shuttering will interrupt supply chains beyond its borders. It is affecting the auto industry's global supply chain. The auto companies outside Japan keep their fingers crossed and hope that the disruption does not stay long enough to affect the deliveries of the car parts or shipments. Japan’s ravaged northeastern region is a major hub for auto parts suppliers and critical infrastructure. The auto parts suppliers have traditionally ensured the flow of goods to overseas markets earlier before persistent power outages came in. Even though only 7 to 8 per cent of a North-American built car comes from Japan, all it takes is one critical supplier to be out of business and you can’t make vehicles.

Because the industry’s global supply chain is so integrated, it is predicted that short-term disruptions of both vehicle parts and some popular models are imminent:

  • Nissan Inc. said some Infiniti models, as well as the GTR and 370Z, could face delayed shipment to Canada and the United States
  • The North American supply of fuel-efficient cars such as the Toyota Yaris,  xB and xD models of the Scion, Toyota Prius hybrid and Honda Fit are at risk because those cars are only made in Japan

While Japanese auto makers are grappling with the situation to restart production, the automakers around the world can feel the ripples caused by the twin natural disasters and Japan’s ongoing nuclear crisis, as the following:

  • British parts maker GKN Plc (GKN.L) says that it may have to cut the number of components it makes because some of its Japanese customers, which include Mitsubishi (7211.T) and Nissan (7201.T) may be unable to take deliveries
  • Shutdowns could affect Toyota Canada Inc. and Honda Canada Inc., who have two assembly plants each in Canada
  • French car parts maker Valeo's (VLOF.PA) five factories in Japan, which supply local car makers, are operating but it is too soon to say if they would have to lower the rate of production
  • The potential shortage of “high-value” Japanese-made components, such as engines, transmissions and electronics that are used in North American-made cars, is the biggest concern
  • Both Nissan Canada and Mazda do not produce in Canada but the fallout from their Japanese shutdowns are still unknown
  • Nissan, Honda (7267.T) and Toyota (7203.T) export their luxury cars to China instead of producing locally. Exports to China will suffer now, as the big three have shut their Japan plants
  • Nissan who has an engine factory in the region supplying around 12 percent of its global need for engines, might be hardest hit
  • European car makers, Renault would be affected, because of its cross-shareholding with Nissan
  • Truck makers Daimler and Volvo (VOLVb.ST) with significant production in Japan are also exposed
  • Volvo said it had halted production at its Japanese unit UD trucks' four plants until March 21
  • Japanese auto makers’ manufacturing facilities in Canada and the US will likely get hit by short-term shutdowns by the end of this week

Auto makers typically keep a 90-day inventory on hand, providing a buffer when production is interrupted. But foreign makers have typically kept less extra supply on hand. Though auto makers are optimistic of resuming production, shutdowns could reoccur. It is still not clear if power supplies will be sufficient to restart entire operations or just the offices.

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Kia to recall Optima sedans in the US which may Roll while Being Parked

by Admin March 21, 2011 21:03

Kia Motors is recalling more than 70,000 Optima mid size sedans to fix transmission problems. These cars were alleged to have rolled while they were still in park. The problem was pinned onto faulty shift cables. The recall actually affects 70,115 vehicles. However, there have been no reported injuries related to this defect, as said in a notice submitted by Kia to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration posted on Friday. But Kia has admitted that under "extraordinary circumstances" the cars could roll inadvertently.

The affected cars are from the 2006 to 2008 model years. These cars were actually built during the period from the 29th of September, 2005 to the 13th of June, 2007.

According to the reports filed by the Kia with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

  • On some of the cars, a transmission shifter cable was installed incorrectly
  • This incorrectly installed cable can become detached from the shifter
  • If the cable comes off, the car would continue to remain in the gear used last
  • Even if the driver puts the transmission in park, the gear used last alone is active
  • If the driver leaves the vehicle without engaging the parking brake, there is a possibility that the vehicle can roll
  • This kind of unwarranted rolling can create the risk of a crash

According to Kia, it is planing to start the recall this March. Kia will notify owners by mail. Kia would advise the drivers to always use the parking brake when shifting the transmission into park. This precaution should be followed religiously till their vehicles are examined by dealers and corrective measures are applied.

Chrysler Issues Recalls 250,000 Vehicles to Fix Potential Engine Stalling

Chrysler Group LLC is recalling around 250,000 vehicles to fix potential engine stalling. The vehicles were built between August 2009 and June 2010.

According to the Chrysler Group LLC, the Auburn Hills, Michigan company, it will recall

  • 2010 Dodge Grand Caravan
  • Chrysler Town & Country minivans
  • 2010 Dodge Journey crossovers

These vehicles are recalled in the wake of reports concerning the ignition key. The ignition key could move while the car is being driven and cause the engine to shut off.

Chrysler says if the engine shuts off while driving, it could increase the risk of a crash. There have been 32 customer complaints and two rear-end crashes which have been reported. The recall is expected to begin in April.

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Car Dealer Extras You should be Wary of

by Admin January 21, 2011 02:12

Buying a car can be a very exhausting process emotionally. By the time you have made a decision on a vehicle and have negotiated a price, you tend to relax. Actually, you would tend to more lax than relaxed. This is the moment you will be very vulnerable as an easy pick for what car dealers call the "up sell." If you give in, the car dealer will  add equipment or services that can push  the cost of your car thousands more than you hoped to pay for that new car. Worse, if you get into a buying mood, the car dealer will seize the opportunity by suggesting overpriced add-ons that you don't really need.

Extended warranties, life insurance, Gap Insurance, rust-proofing, theft protection and other bewildering variety of add-ons are a few of these car dealer extras that will add up to the   euphoria of owning a new car. Very soon it dawns onto you that an extended warranty is of no use to you if you plan to trade it after three years in which case the original factory warranty will be more than enough. Most new cars come with at least a three-year, 36,000-mile warranty and it makes no sense buying a six-year warranty. Buy the warranty after three years if you intend to keep the car longer. Some car makers like Hyundai and Kia, are now offering five or 10 year warranties with their cars.

But then, if you wish to buy an extended warranty do not overpay. It is possible that your car dealer wants to hide the insurance costs into your car payment every month. Research thoroughly. Call in several dealers ahead of time for a price quote on a six-year, 75,000-mile extended warranty. This kind of knowledge puts you in a better position to checkmate the efforts of the car dealer to overcharge you.

The dealership might also suggest life insurance on your car loan so that if you die, the car is paid for. Or they might try to sell you a disability plan so that if you're sick or injured, payments will be covered until you go back to work. In truth, you can probably buy life insurance cheaper elsewhere. Most people also have disability insurance through their jobs, so unless you're in a manual job with a high risk of injury, buying extra coverage probably doesn't make sense.

Gap Insurance offers a driver protection in case his vehicle is stolen or involved in an accident and declared a total loss. This is a policy that protects you if you owe more on your auto loan than the car is worth for a trade in. If you're trading in a car that's worth less than you owe, the dealer will often fold the difference into your new loan and you would lag far behind in the payments, since auto depreciation is the worst in the first year and your trade-in loss would exacerbate it.

When is Gap Insurance a safe proposal?

If you're buying a car that you expect to trade in within a couple of years, gap insurance should be a useful protection. Even here, the price is negotiable and can be folded into your loan payment. Gap Insurance is worth it if it costs say, $400 to protect a $10,000 risk.

Car dealer extras you should really be wary of:

  • Be wary of the extra charges for the accessories you probably never have asked for
  • Don't pay full price for the dealer-installed running boards or chrome wheels. Make the sale contingent on getting a discount
  • Don't fall for a $300 charge for a $50 dealer-installed alarm for, every car comes with a factory-installed alarm
  • Some dealers may disconnect the factory-installed alarm and install their own, claiming theirs is better. Do not believe them

Do your homework ahead of time, and think twice before you say yes to the car dealer extras you may not need at all.

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Things You Should Know about Illinois LEMON Law

by Admin August 20, 2010 20:14

It may not always be a happy story when you purchase a new vehicle. Your brand new car may be spending more time at the dealership then in your possession. If your new vehicle is shuttling between the dealership and your home, it may be time to seek the protection afforded to you by the Illinois New Vehicle Buyers Protection Act which is more commonly referred to as the “Lemon Law.”

A vehicle is a lemon under the Illinois lemon law if:

  • It has a nonconformity that substantially impairs its use, market value or safety; and
  • The nonconformity is not repaired by the dealer/manufacturer after at least four (4) repair attempts within the first 12 months or 12,000 miles, whichever occurs first; or
  • Your vehicle is at an authorized dealership for repairs for a total of thirty (30) or more business days within the first 12 months or 12,000 miles, whichever occurs first.

The Illinois lemon law protects:

  • Newly purchased or leased automobiles;
  • Light trucks and vans under 8,000 pounds;
  • Recreational vehicles excluding its trailers; and
  • Vehicles purchased only in Illinois.

The Illinois lemon law DOES NOT cover:

  • Used Automobiles;
  • Altered or modified vehicles; and
  • Motorcycles and boats.

Compensation if you win your Illinois lemon law claim

  • A replacement vehicle; or
  • A refund of the purchase price of your vehicle.

Options other than the Illinois lemon law: There is in place federal legislation to deal with warranties for new and used consumer products should you fall outside the parameters of the Illinois Lemon Law.  The Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, 15 U.S.C. Section 2301, et. seq. (“Magnuson-Moss”) is one such law that is widely utilized should you fall short of being protected by the Illinois Lemon Law. Before deciding on a particular course of action, you should definitely consult an attorney who is knowledgeable in the area of both the Lemon Law and Magnuson-Moss to discuss your best option and to determine what your actual rights are against the manufacturer of your vehicle.

Most importantly, document all the events relating to your vehicle.  Make sure to receive and retain repair receipts each and every time you bring your vehicle to a dealership for repairs. These records are critical to your success.

Ford Recalls 4.5 Million Vehicles For Defective Cruise Control Switch That Could Cause Fire

by Admin October 15, 2009 02:36

Ford Motor Co. will add 4.5 million vehicles from older-model to those already recalled for a defective cruise control switch. These 4.5 million vehicles on tow for recall for defective cruise control switch add up to a 14.3 million registered vehicles over 10 years. This is Ford’s largest cumulative recall in history involving a single problem, a faulty cruise control switch.

Ford recalls are for defective cruise control switch that could cause a fire.

Ford Motor Co. has struggled for a decade with the defective cruise control switch problem:

  • Hundreds of complaints and dozens of lawsuits over fires allegedly caused by faulty switches.
  • A small number of injuries have also been linked to the problem, though none were reported in the latest recall

Ford began an investigation of Windstar vehicles in February 2008 after receiving a growing number of reports of fires under the vehicles' hoods.

National Highway Transportation Safety Agency (NHTSA) began its own probe of the problem in June 2008.

  • Ford’s recall includes 1.1 million Ford Windstar minivans :The vehicle owners reported fires linked to the problem during an internal investigation
  • Ford’s recall also includes 3.4 million Ford, Lincoln and Mercury models from the 1992 to 2003 model years: Most of them are trucks and sport utility vehicles and use the same cruise control switches with no reports of fires
  • Ford’s recall also includes some vehicles without cruise control: They have the switches with brake fluid routed through them

To repair the problem, dealers will install a harness to help prevent the fluid from flowing where it could be ignited. It is wise to park all the recalled Windstar minivans vehicles outside the garages until they are mailed instructions on how to get repairs.

These vehicle owners will be notified by mail starting at the end of the month with instructions on how to get the repairs done.

NHTSA investigators found that the switches

  • Made by Texas Instruments
  • Could leak internally
  • Overheat
  • Potentially ignite

There were four reports of leaking fluid damaging the antilock brake control module, resulting in a fire. The module was charged with electrical current and could ignite the fluid in some cases.

Ford used the Texas Instruments switch till 2003 but stopped using it thereafter. The latest group of vehicles recalled is the last batch that had the switch installed. This is the seventh Ford recall due to the Texas Instruments speed control switches.

Texas Instruments has a different story to tell:

  • They manufactured a switch that met and exceeded Ford's specifications
  • It is only one component of Ford's cruise control deactivation system
  • They quote a 2006 NHTSA investigation that found multiple factors were to blame for fires
  • They no longer own the division that made the switches

Only certain vehicles are affected, and concerned owners of are encouraged to wait to receive a recall notice in the mail before scheduling an appointment with their local dealer.

  • Ford recalls 1995-2003 Ford Windstar
  • Ford recalls 2000-2003 Ford Excursion diesel
  • Ford recalls 1993-1997 and 1999-2003 Ford F-Super Duty diesel
  • Ford recalls 1992-2003 Ford Econoline; 1995-2002 Ford Explorer
  • Ford recalls 1995-2002 Mercury Mountaineer
  • Ford recalls 1995-1997 and 2001-2003 Ford Ranger
  • Ford recalls 1994 Ford F35 Motorhome

For more information on Ford recalls visit the government-run Web site, Safecar.gov.

In November 2008, American Honda Motor Co., Inc. initiated a safety recall of the driver's airbag in approximately 440,000 older vehicles of 2001-2002 Accords, 2001 Civics and 2002-2003 Acura TLs. The safety recall was due to a potential defect in the airbag's inflation system.

Unintended Acceleration in Audi 5000S - Part III

by Admin October 09, 2009 01:31

The accident rate for the Audi 5000 sudden acceleration defect was already 1 in 900, one of the highest on record. The problems in the cruise control systems and in the transmission are overlooked.

When Audi management highlighted a floor mat interfering with the pedals was causing the sudden acceleration, and NHTSA stopped its investigation into the car. Audi did not provide the complaints and NHTSA officials did not take any follow-up action to obtain them.

Without the 107 complaints, Audi had only inspected a small percentage of the reported cars and even though the company had failed to provide proof that floor mats were responsible for the sudden acceleration accidents.

Drivers who had the shift lock device installed in their cars were reporting accidents. Less than two months after those installations began, and before Audi installed the devices as part of a safety recall, the Center For Auto Safety warned that the devices were not working.

  • Three accidents had already occurred in shift-lock equipped Audis - an accident rate that was higher than on Audis without the device."
  • Of the small number of cars which do have the shift-lock device, nearly 40 accidents have been reported, according to CAS
  • The shift lock flies in the face of the facts of virtually every runaway Audi accident ever reported to NHTSA
  • Drivers consistently report that their foot was not on the accelerator when they shifted from park to drive or reverse - yet the car still accelerated uncontrollably

Audi's sales for February, 1987 were down 56 percent from the year before for the 5000 series and down 58 percent for Audi cars overall.

  • In April, Audi took two new steps to bolster its declining image. First, the company sent certificates worth $5000 off the purchase of any new 1987 Audi to owners of 1984 to 1986 cars
  • Resale values have dropped drastically for Audi 5000 owners
  • Owners with 1986 cars find their cars are only getting $11,000, a 50 percent depreciation in one year
  • The 1984 cars are only getting $2,000 on trade-ins and
  • Older cars are virtually un-tradable

Audi discontinued the Audi 5000 name and in 1988, the car was known as the Audi 100, a name the car started under in Europe as a desperate attempt at cosmetic changes instead of finding the problem and fixing it.

Defective Regulation: Accelerating Accidents

  • On August 15, 1986, the same day that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced that it would conduct a defect investigation for the Audi 5000, it dropped a similar investigation of sudden acceleration in 60 million 1973 to 1986 General Motors cars with automatic transmissions.
  • The investigation involved over 3,000 accidents and 100 deaths with sudden ' acceleration accidents.
  • The agency dismissed the problem as being one which was caused primarily by driver error.
  • Despite NHTSA's explanation for the problem, sudden acceleration remains an industry-wide concern.
  • NHTSA is investigating sudden acceleration in 1980-85 Nissan 280z/300z cars, 1983-84 AMC Alliance/Encore models, 1981-84 Toyota Cressidas and 1982-85 General Motors J-cars, 1985-86 Dodge-Plymouth Colts and 198687 Honda Accords LXI.
  • But the agency is not expected to take action on these cases: Since 1980 NHTSA has closed sudden acceleration investigations into 13 car models

For sudden acceleration problems, private engineers have theorized that

  • Faulty computer components could cause the computer control systems to malfunction,
  • It sends messages to the car to accelerate when it should not.
  • these malfunctions would not leave any evidence that could easily be detected
  • Most people are focusing on the car's electronic controls: The person shifts and for some reason the computer gives the wrong signal and opens up the throttle
  • This is a new generation of defects for a new generation of high technology cars Unlike the earlier defect investigations that often involved a single defective part, sudden acceleration is an example of a system failure

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